Cutting the noise clutter and bringing in peace
Date: 2/5/2011 8:30:17 PM ( 27 mon ) ... viewed 1970 times
I almost broke down and started eating again. Once I got over it, I realized that this is typical around the time I am close to or at the half-way mark. It was so frustrating to try to figure out why the weight has not subsided. I called my hippy friend and she asked, "How often are you doing an enema?" *Umm...* And of course, that is what needed to be done. Ever since doing one this morning, I have had several BMs and have felt exponentially better.
Still, the lack of weight loss is getting to me. So after doing some research, I came across a really useful site: www.soilandhealth.org/index.html. There are some great articles, okay articles, and then there the occasional articles like those associated with L Ron Hubbard. So I just use my best judgment. What's wonderful is that it's Australian-based, so the pharm industry cannot get it censored. Note that if the book is public domain, you can read it easily online; if it is out-of-print, then you can request an electronic copy. You can contribute to the site, but are not forced to. The author reports all funding data (I know, I know. You can only believe so much, but some times you have to take a leap of faith in humanity) and his ultimate goal is to get the information out.
Anyway, there is an amazing book - a study - on fasting! There is so much scientific data. Granted, the book was written in 1950, and I will warn you, much of the research is based on animal testing, which, like most of you, I am against. However, the data is there, and it's compelling. www.soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/020127shelton.III/020127.toc.htm.
There is a section about gaining weight during fasts, and the author presents some reasonable theories. www.soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/020127shelton.III/020127.ch17.htm. I will be reading this book in its entirety. It has documented data that shows that people lose a lot of weight during their first fast, not as much during their second, not as much during their third, and so on. The theory is that rapid weight loss is a sign of disease. That makes total sense. This is my third major fast, and I eat super clean (for the most part [*thanks New Orleans*]) and that would mean that my body really does not have that much to clean up per se.
Since starting the fast, noises really seem to get to me. Noise pollution in a sense, which includes the television. I have been noting how much television I have been watching and have decided to reduce my cable to the bare minimum with only the local channels, and even then I am concerned. My brain is starting to feel mushy and I have a growing desire to simplify my life and time. I am already noticing that my home feels more and more peaceful. There are also many testimonies about the benefits of the TV-free life, and studies have also demonstrated that children become less aggressive (and aggravating), countering the theory that "these kids will drive me crazy unless the glowing baby-sitter hypnotizes them into submission." The study shows that parents report that the kids are better behaved, eat healthier, and are less likely to go crazy for new gadgets and toys. Who knew? Although, the same study found that these kids were really frustrated between the ages of 9-12 b/c they couldn't participate in their peers' conversations about who-did-who on the show last night. But by the time they were 14, they had gotten over it and more active. I will see if I can find the link to that study.
It makes me wonder if this desire to simplify and quiet my life is a result of my fast. I can only suspect that it is.
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